What’s a Mason to do when he can’t go anywhere? How about visiting some of the great Masonic Museums and Libraries offering virtual tours and collections? Here are some museums you may know and some you may not.
Scottish Rite Masonic Museum and Library
Established in 1975 by the Scottish Rite Freemasons of the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction, the Museum & Library tells the story of Freemasonry and fraternalism in the context of American history. Of particular note: the Museum’s Online Collections and Exhibitions and the Library’s Digital Collections. Also the museum has prepared an excellent 21-page booklet, Caring for Your Masonic Treasures: Documents, Photographs, and Books, which can be viewed online or downloaded for personal use.
Chancellor Robert R Livingston Masonic Library
As the library and museum of the Grand Lodge of New York, the Livingston Library’s collections include books, artifacts, memorabilia and archival holdings relating to the subject of Freemasonry. For over 150 years, the Library has pursued its mission to collect, study and preserve the Masonic heritage, focusing its efforts on the history and impact of Freemasonry in New York State. The Library offers a Reading Course for Masons and the Museum includes an online artifact collection which can be searched or explored at random.
The Masonic Library and Museum of Pennsylvania
The Masonic Temple in Philadelphia was constructed in 1873. It has been called one of the great “wonders” of the Masonic world. Check out the virtual tour of the Masonic Temple as well as the Museum. The Lodge rooms are amazing. The Museum link includes several online collections as well as informative videos.
Museum of Freemasonry (Sidney, Australia)
This museum collection spans over 200 years and includes the archives, museum, gallery and library of the Freemasons of Australia, all housed in a building considered the “finest example of Brutalist Architecture in the Southern Hemisphere.” This museum has an excellent virtual tour, allowing the user to move back and forth through the galleries, turn 360 degrees, and zoom in and out on various exhibits.